So what is normal for your pet?
From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed
Re: So what is normal for your pet?
Good morning all.
I am still in a little bit of a fog since the teleseminar.
It was a great experience, with a fabulous turnout.
I am trully grateful for all of you who signed up, attended, or tried to attend.
Thank You all for your kind words of encouragement.
I am in the process of frantically putting on the last touches of my Complete Home Study Course.
I asked for reader feedback- and I am incorporating some of those suggestions before it goes off to the printers.
I am currently adding information to the At Home Pet Health Exam.
Here is some specific information that all of you should have now!
Normal Canine and Feline Values
Heart Rate ?????
Normal heart rate for a dog can be 70 ????? 180 beats per minute, smaller dogs have a faster heart rate then larger breeds, puppies can be 220 beats per minute. Normal heart rate for a cat can be 120 ????? 240 beats per minute, kittens can be 200 ????? 300 beats per minute.
To measure your pets heart rate place your hand on the left side of your pets chest behind the elbow, you should be able to feel the beats of the heart. Count the number of beats for 15 seconds and multiply by 4, this will give you the number of beats per minute. Try to take several readings to give you an average heart rate, and it’s good practice.
Normal ranges from 99 degrees F to 102 degrees F.?? ( 38-39.5 degress Celcius)
Lift your pets tail, this will help keep your pet from sitting down, it is also easier if you have someone holding the pretty end for you, using a rectal thermometer, lubricate the end with KY Jelly or petroleum jelly and insert the thermometer into the rectum of your pet about halfway. After 3 minutes you can remove the thermometer and write down the readings.
Respiratory Rate ?????
To measure your pets respiratory rate count the number of breaths for 15 seconds and multiply by 4, this gives you the number of breaths per minute. Dogs usually breathe 10 ????? 30 times a minute, cats 10 ????? 40 times a minute. A panting dog will breathe much faster, up to 200 times a minute, open mouth breathing or panting in cats should be considered an emergency.
Capillary Refill Time ?????
This test helps to judge your pets blood circulation. Use the non-pigmented area of your pets gum tissue, press your finger against the tissue and release, there should be a white spot where your finger was, time how quickly the white spot becomes pink again. Normal ranges from 1 ????? 2 seconds, 2 ????? 4 seconds generally means shock or dehydration.
To check your pets hydration grasp the skin at the back of the neck and pull up, the skin should snap back rather quickly, the longer it takes to retract the more dehydrated your pet is. If the skin remains standing up, then your pet needs to be re-hydrated. In severe dehydration you should call your veterinarian immediately.
The course is almost finished.
It’s Your Pet- Heal Them At Home!
Dr Andrew Jones
Copyright 2006 Veterinary Secrets Revealed